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Marysville Special Education PTSA names new officers

Incoming Marysville Special Education PTSA President Alicia Champine speaks to her fellow MSEPTSA members on Sept. 10. - Kirk Boxleitner
Incoming Marysville Special Education PTSA President Alicia Champine speaks to her fellow MSEPTSA members on Sept. 10.
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MARYSVILLE — After its two co-presidents stepped down together, and one of its two existing co-vice presidents did not make his bid to succeed them as president, the Marysville Special Education PTSA now has one new president and four co-vice presidents, in the wake of its first public meeting for the 2013-14 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Former MSEPTSA co-presidents Angi Wilson and Amy Sheldon were allowed to step down, and join existing co-vice presidents Preston Dwoskin and Jim Strickland as their new co-vice presidents, after Sheldon explained that she and Wilson had found themselves saddled with too many obligations for them to commit as much to MSEPTSA.

Although Dwoskin had been unopposed in his candidacy for the presidency before that evening's election, Alicia Champine was nominated that night, and won.

"My son is a developmentally disabled preschool student at Marshall Elementary, so it's really exciting for me as a parent to be involved and making a difference," Champine said, shortly before MSEPTSA members cast their votes for president in the library of Kellogg Marsh Elementary. "I know Preston has been a lot more involved in this group in the past, but I'm extremely organized and I have a background in development and fundraising."

"I attended the Marysville School District my whole life, and I wouldn't have gotten my high school diploma without a lot of the people in this room," said Dwoskin, a former student of Strickland's Life Skills class at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, who lives with hearing and developmental disabilities, and has worked with local and state elected officials for years to champion fellow people with disabilities. "I know this community, and I can use this office to make connections and mark a whole new chapter of getting stuff done."

"We've got a great think tank full of fresh new ideas here," said Barbara O'Kelly, who serves as the Legislative and Advocacy Chair for MSEPTSA, immediately after the election.

The community will get to see that think tank in action during MSEPTSA's upcoming general meetings, which have been tentatively set for the second Tuesday of each odd-numbered month — November, January, March and May — from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Marsh Elementary library.

"We'd love to see as many people as possible show up," Dwoskin said. "If you want to become a member of the Marysville Special Education PTSA, your membership fee is due on your first meeting. Non-members cannot vote, but non-members are still allowed to attend our public meetings."

In the meantime, MSEPTSA's fourth Family Fun & Info Fair is currently slated to run from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Cedarcrest Middle School.

The group is seeking donors for the fair's silent auction, as well as exhibitors and volunteers to help ensure the event's success. Please contact O'Kelly by phone at 425-754-9945, or via email at barbara@mseptsa.org, to take part or find out more.

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